Helios Airways

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Helios Airways
Boeing 737-300 of Helios Airways
IATA code : TO
ICAO code : HCY
Call sign : HELIOS
Founding: 1999
Operation stopped: 2006
Seat: Larnaka , Cyprus
Cyprus RepublicRepublic of Cyprus 
Home airport : Larnaca Airport
Fleet size: 3
Aims: National and international
Helios Airways ceased operations in 2006. The information in italics refer to the last status before the end of operation.

Helios Airways was a Cypriot low-cost airline .


Helios Airways was founded in 1999 as the first private airline in the Republic of Cyprus . The company was headed by Georgios Mouskos, and Vice President was Kyriakos Christofidis.


Since 2001 the company has not only served charter flights, but also scheduled flights. From Paphos and Larnaka the destinations Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Basel, Belfast, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Liverpool, London (Luton, Gatwick), Madrid, Milan, Manchester, Newcastle, Flights to Palma, Prague, Sofia, Warsaw and Zurich. The utilization of the machines was around 75%.

The end

In March 2006 the tour operator Libra Holidays, owner of Helios Airways since 2004, confirmed that a new airline called AJet had been founded in January that would take over the flight operations of Helios Airways. In future only charter services would be offered. Helios would only exist in the Libra Group until the accident investigations were completed (see below), but would no longer offer any flight services.

In October 2006, the successor company AJet announced that flight operations would be completely suspended by the end of 2006.


The Helios Airways fleet consisted of the following types in August 2005:


  • On Friday 19 August 2005 (five days after Flight 522) a Boeing 737 was diverted in the UK for safety reasons. The pilot reported problems with the landing flaps . As a result, the aircraft with 177 passengers on board was diverted to London's Stansted Airport. Originally the plane was supposed to land at Luton Airport. According to Helios, the passengers could leave the machine without any problems.

See also

Web links

Commons : Helios Airways  - collection of images, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: Helios Airways  - in the news